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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent

Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.

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VanRoekel: APIs will Play a Major Role in Digital Strategy

April 5, 2012 Application programming interfaces will be a major component of Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel's new government digital strategy due out in April, the CIO tweeted Thursday. The digital reform strategy will combine two strategies the CIO's office has been discussing -- one aimed at cleaning up the federal web ...

USDA Official: BYOD Won't Work for Custom Apps

April 5, 2012 "Bring your own device" is a good solution for a lot of things federal employees do on a daily basis such as word processing, emailing, texting and instant messaging, the Agriculture Department's Associate Chief Information Officer Owen Unangst said Wednesday. When it comes to a custom-built and mission-critical application that ...

NARA chief: Agencies want updated records management processes

April 4, 2012 Flickr user Derrick Coetzee Federal officials tasked with updating records management systems want better guidance on which records must be preserved and a schedule for when they should be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero said Wednesday. The officials also ...

Las Vegas Scandal Won't Affect GSA's Videoconferencing Focus

April 3, 2012 The General Services Administration is continuing to invest heavily in videoconferencing, teleconferencing and other technologies that save money by reducing employee travel but hasn't been specifically asked to ramp up those activities in the wake of news Monday about a budget-busting live conference in Las Vegas that cost GSA Administrator ...

VanRoekel: Cut recurring costs to fund new projects

April 3, 2012 Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel's chief aim in office is to cut down the amount of money agencies spend on technology operations and maintenance so that they can plow that money back into new initiatives, he said Tuesday. Traditionally, the government has funded new projects by adding money to ...

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Tech Roundup

April 1, 2012 Solyndra’s Silver Lining The congressional investigation into alleged mishandling of a $528 million Energy Department loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra was bad news overall for the department. But there was one positive outcome: Energy developed an innovative tool to search for all the documents investigators were ...

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Clear Communications

April 1, 2012 When New Media Specialist Gray Brooks arrived at the Federal Communications Commission in 2009, the flagship website featured about 200 links on its home page, and two clicks away there were another 40,000 options. FCC.gov hadn’t been fundamentally redesigned in eight years. When officials wanted to add content, they’d essentially ...

VanRoekel launches TechStat for agencies' full IT portfolios

March 30, 2012 This story has been updated. The Office of Management and Budget launched an expansion of Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel's TechStat program for troubled technology projects Friday. The new program, known as PortfolioStat, will require agency chief operating officers or deputy secretaries to lead agencywide information technology portfolio reviews ...

White House launches governmentwide investment in big data

March 30, 2012 Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Officials from science agencies across the government on Thursday announced $200 million in new research and development investments related to the mining, processing, storage and use of big data. The National Science Foundation, for instance, announced a $10 million grant to University of California Berkeley researchers to ...

Big news about big data

March 29, 2012 A White House webinar scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday is shaping up to be the biggest news for big data watchers in months. Either before or during the webinar White House officials plan to announce a $200 million cross-agency investment in big data research, according to an article by New ...